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Category: Computers

North Korea not behind the Sony attacks?

Oh, this could be embarrassing. It seems Norse Security, discussed in a previous post, has found evidence that the extensive cyber attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment were instigated by one […]

Watch worldwide cyber attacks in progress

I’m no expert and can’t begin to explain everything about this live map from Norse IPViking, an Internet security operation. But it shows the many cyber attacks going on around the world right […]

Christmas with the Lizard Squad

Interesting Christmas here, and across much of the country. DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks by a hacker group called Lizard Squad have made Xbox Live and the Playstation Network […]

Enough! Release ‘The Interview’!

  This morning the state-owned North Korean news agency said US claims that North Korea is behind the attacks on Sony are groundless slander and offered a joint investigation: “As the […]

Hackers win, Sony cancels film release

For the record, I’m furious at all those theater chains (Carmike, AMC, Cineplex, Regal, etc.) that announced today they wouldn’t show The Interview in their theaters. And I’m furious at Sony for […]

Passwords and the secrets they contain

These days it seems the tentacles of technology reach into every corner of our lives, leaving us struggling to maintain our privacy and protect our secrets. And for most of […]

Hey, Google has a timer

Did you know Google has a timer function? I wasn’t aware of it until I stumbled across a video on Business Insider, “5 Awesome Google Features You Didn’t Know About.” All you […]

I have a mountain

For lack of a better word, it’s called a “game.” But it’s less than that. More like an animated painting. But more than that. “Mountain.” That’s the name. That’s all there […]

When smart quotes aren’t

It’s a term that begs to be used: apostrophe catastrophe. And it has become so cliché that I won’t use it here. There are already dozens of articles and at least […]

rebeccapurple, #663399, named in memory of Rebecca Meyer

The color purple

This particular shade of purple, #663399, is now officially designated rebeccapurple, making it one of only about 150 CSS web colors with a name. It was the favorite color of Rebecca Meyer, […]

Ads, malware, and the update vulnerability

Yesterday I wrote about a Chrome extension, “Webpage Screenshot Capture,” that was generating JollyWallet pop-up ads whenever I visited an e-commerce website. This morning, coincidentally, I came across an Ars […]

Double, double toil and trouble

You may already be familiar with this high tech gizmo. It’s a telecommuting device of sorts, controlled by the owner, who uses an iPad or computer remotely to drive this […]

Brook’s law and the Obamacare website

Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website, has so far been an unmitigated disaster. Obviously there are serious programming problems that go far beyond a few “glitches” or bugs, beyond heavy traffic and […]